Secret of longevity revealed
PUBLISHED: 11:27 07 December 2002 | UPDATED: 13:09 03 March 2010
TWO drams of whisky a day and you'll live to a hundred.
Well it has certainly worked for Lillian Fountain - she celebrated her centenary with a big bash yesterday.
BY JON TUNNEY
TWO drams of whisky a day and you'll live to 100.
Well that has certainly worked for Lillian Fountain – she celebrated her centenary with a party last night.
Lillian, of Cullingham Road, Ipswich, swears by a drop of the hard stuff in her tea, first thing in the morning, and then another just before she goes to bed.
Lively Lillian is a member of two social clubs and never fails to make her five-times-a-week appointment with the bingo caller.
Son Ivan – no spring chicken himself at 75 – paid tribute to his mum's longevity.
He said: "It definitely runs in the family. She's still pretty active, bless her. She still manages to get herself around, although she has to catch a taxi to get to her clubs."
Lillian's grandchildren were responsible for organising a birthday bash at the Westgate Ward club, in Victoria Street, Ipswich.
And helping to celebrate her century were a remarkable five generations of the family.
By the time most people top their ton, their circle of friends has got a little small.
But Lillian's active social life – which would put many a youngster to shame – meant she was not short of pals to see in the milestone.
Speaking before the party, Ivan said: "There's going to be a hefty crowd.
"God knows how many family as well as all her friends from the social clubs.
"She's made a few – she's been a member there more than 60 years.
"She's still going strong, but I don't think she'll quite make it to my 100th – that would be something to celebrate!"